The Institute has 248 members who are based across the University's campuses in New South Wales, Australia and at other universities, institutions and government agencies.
Members work across a range of fields including the arts, communication, education, economics, regional development, social science, natural resource management, ecology, biodiversity, cultural heritage, modelling, environmental management and eco-agriculture.
Many of its key researchers are regonised nationally and internationally for their individual and group expertise with an emphasis on wetland management, fragmented landscapes, ecosystem services, climate change, environmental economics, land use change, conservation management and social policy. Since its inception the Institute has increased its research activity and scope and has one of the largest groups of ecological and social scientists based at an Australian university.
Membership of the Institute includes ecological scientists, social researchers, economists, post-graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and adjunct research fellows whose specific areas of expertise and research interest enhance the Institute's diverse research capacity. In 2010 the Institute identified a number of specific Strategic Research Areas where its members have the research expertise, breadth of knowledge and interest to support the strategic development of research across the University.
The Institute comprises of 49 members, 20 early-developing members, 16 cross-centre members, 51adjuncts, 5 post-docs, 107 PhD students as well as research assistants and administrative staff.